May 3, 2012

Finding Beatles in Rishikesh

There are only two walking bridges over Ganga in Rishikesh. And it's a mess, when people from Rajastan are trying to cross Laxman Jhula bridge

Nevertheless, it is a very spectacular scene

The same day upon arrival we rented a bike for 400 Rupees a day ($8) to go to Mussoorie (situated in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges) next morning

Rishikesh is also a good place for rafting, which we did after coming from Mussoorie. For Helen it was a bit too extreme - she was falling into the boat several times, because of white water waves. Val on the other hand enjoyed it so much that he jumped out of the boat several times to swim in the ice-cold Ganga

When Varanasi is still fresh in your memory, every breath of fresh air and views of clean Ganga makes you think you are in paradise

 Except few confusing moments

Most well-known ashram in Rishikesh is Maharishi Mahesh Ashram, which is famous for being visited by Beatles in 1968. John Lennon recorded a song titled, "The Happy Rishikesh Song" and The Beatles composed nearly 48 songs during their time at the Maharishi's ashram, many of which appear on White Album. Now Ashram is abandoned and it takes some effort to find it. But when you do, it feels very special and little bit spooky

Meditation cabin on the rooftop

House with white "eggs" on the rooftop is where Beatles actually stayed. At least we where told so

White "egg" closer

 Val planks on the top of John Lenon's meditation cabin

During lunch at Pyramid Cafe (Chapati Express Delivery) we met Javier, who is travelling on his bicycle around the world

And at the end of the day Val crashed our thermometer over the laptop in this nice room, from which Helen wanted to evacuate remembering horror stories (by her parents) from childhood about poisonous quicksilver. Nevertheless we spent a night and went to explore Tibetan colony and Mussoorie next morning


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